HOW TO CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR NEWBORN?
Photoset of newborns is different from any other shooting. Keep in mind, the photographer is in charge of rocking, posing baby. It is necessary to have knowledge about physiology, care and other nuances of handling a baby. Safety should be priority while choosing a newborn photographer so that he does not try to pose the way that could harm your baby.
You need to choose a photographer for newborns, whose signature corresponds to the appearance and sensations that you want to achieve from a photo session. Look for consistency in their work, so that you can be sure that your photos will look the same as those that you saw in their portfolio. Take an interest in the real, proprietary portfolio of the photographer you are considering asking to show the full series of any shoot. Trust your baby to professionals! Do not hesitate to ask the photographer about his experience, how many years he has been working, how often he studies, how many photo sessions he has, how the photo session is held, what the photographer pays attention to when he holds a photoset and other important questions!
It is also important that you meet your photographer. In the end, you will have to trust them your precious child during your 3-4 hour session. Try to meet with them or talk to them on the phone before your session. The most successful newborn sessions usually require good understanding and teamwork between parents and photographers.
WHEN TO BOOK A PHOTOSET?
It is better to agree on a shooting before the baby was born, according to the EDD, maximum 2 months in advance. After birth, a mutually convenient date for the photo shoot is specified, taking into account your well-being and my schedule at that time. If you did not have time to sign up in advance, text me when the baby was born, during the first three days, since I might be fully booked for the next 7-10 days.
HOW TO BOOK A PHOTOSET WITH ME?
As soon as you are ready to book a session, I will ask you to provide some details for the contract preparation for your approval. At the same time, you will receive a preparation guide that will provide you with information on what you can expect before, during and after the session. You will also receive a quiz that will help me get to know you a little, and about your expectations about the photo session.
WHAT IF THE BABY WILL NOT SLEEP DURING PHOTOSET?
For all my vast experience it is very rare when the baby slept from the very beginning to the end of the shoot! But this is not a reason to worry or completely abandon the idea of photoset of your newborn baby. The absolute answer is YES to photograph your cute newborn, because these photos are dearly loved by mothers and fathers)
AT WHICH AGE IS IT BETTER TO CARRY OUT A PHOTOSET OF A NEWBORN?
Sleeping baby photos are successfully obtained at the age of 6-11 days. This is due to the physiology of newborns - deep sleep, lack of colic, flexibility allow you to create beautiful images that deeply touch everyone! The baby is more comfortable on the set during this period. If for some reason you did not manage to capture the newborn within first 14 days, you can arrange a photoset a little later (up to three to four weeks), but, due to the increasing sensitivity of the baby’s sleep, there may be less images.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A BABY WAS BORN EARLIER/LATER THAN EXPECTED?
I spend a limited number of photo sessions every month to accommodate all moms who give birth before or after their EDD. However, if your baby is too vulnerable to meet you, I will postpone your session to an earlier date.
Since the safety of the child is always my priority, I must insist that the parents make sure that their child is healthy enough during their first photo shoot. Although this may mean that I can’t take a picture of your baby during the first 14 days, but don’t worry, I can always postpone a photoset and wait till your baby grows up a little and gain strength, and I will do my best to adjust our session depending on the age, temperament and health
WHAT IF MY CHILD NEEDS TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL FOR LONGER TREATMENT?
Your child’s health is a priority. There is no need to experience pressure due to your newborn session just because your baby needs a little more attention after birth.
The most common reason children stay in the hospital after giving birth is jaundice. But there are some other reasons. If your child needs to stay in the hospital a little longer than expected, your session may be rescheduled.
After the pediatrician discharged the child home, we can conduct the session in accordance with the plan.
MY CHILD'S SKIN HAS A RASH, IT IS YELLOW / RED, HAS RASH. WILL YOU CHANGE THIS?
The above does not interfere with the photoset. Do not delay, in this type of shooting, the age of the baby is important.
Hurry to capture your baby, because time is fleeting! The younger he is (from about 6 to 12 days), the more comfortable he is at the photo shoot. You will receive planty of positive emotions and invaluable shots. With that in mind, I do digital post-processing and image editing to ensure that all temporary skin defects are removed and your child’s perfect small details are preserved.
HOW LONG DOES THE PHOTOSESSION LAST?
According to experience, a photo session of newborns takes an average of 3-4 hours. We adapt to the baby, his needs and mood, we take the necessary breaks if needed.
WHERE IS THE PHOTOSET CARRIED OUT? DO I NEED PREPARATION?
Photoset of a newborn takes place in your home. I bring all the necessary props with me, you just have to prepare wet wipes, diapers and milk.
At shooting, compositions and color schemes will decide in advance, all the necessary accessories will be selected and provided - you do not need to prepare.
If you plan to make joint shots with the baby, then I recommend preparing light, plain, sleeveless clothes for parents, gentle daytime makeup for mom, and soft nail polish.
HOW DO YOU PROVIDE DISINFECTION?
As a photographer working with young children, I must ensure that the props are always disinfected.
I guarantee that babies always wrap themselves in comfortable organic cotton knitwear wrappers before putting them in any of my stage props - this convenient inner layer protects the baby’s skin and is always erased after each session. Since children do not come into direct contact with baskets, which are mainly made of fragile or aged wood, I do not wash them. But I regularly clean them, and wipe them with a damp cloth, where possible. In addition, coming to any photo session, I will definitely change into comfortable and clean clothes for holding a photo session. I constantly use a hand sanitizer, and at the request of my parents I can use a face mask.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF MY BABY GETS SICK BEFORE OUR PLANNED SESSION?
If something happens to your child shortly before the photo session, please let me know as soon as you can. We will definitely reschedule our session.
CAN WE TAKE ALL THE RAW IMAGES FROM THE PHOTOSET?
I don’t sell RAW files and don’t give away all the photos taken at the photo shoot. This is due to the fact that I choose only the best photos. However, all the images that you like are additionally available for purchase, and I offer additional photos at a discount if you want to purchase more images than in the package you have chosen.
In addition, I do not sell copyrights to images, as this means that I can no longer control the distribution and possibly illegal exchange of images.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR MY READY PACKAGE / PHOTOS, PRINTED PRODUCTS / ALBUMS?
As a rule, you get ready-made photos 4-6 weeks after you have selected your favorite ones. All my clients receive a PDF file with all images 1 week after the photoset. You will be given two (2) weeks to select your favorite photos. The faster you take your photos, the faster you get your final images. Your printed images, as well as a flash drive with all the pictures you have selected, will be sent to your home by courier within two (2) weeks after we approve the number of photos for printing. Photos of the album will be ready within 4-6 weeks (these deadlines are due to the fact that I am composing albums with ready-made, processed photos, ordering books from Europe and this time includes time for typesetting, printing and delivery of the photo album)
WHAT IF I WANT OUR PHOTOSET TO BE CONFIDENTIAL?
I am very grateful if you allow me to use the photos obtained as a result of the photo shoot in my portfolio. They demonstrate my professional growth and level! But if you want your photography to remain confidential, just tell me about it in advance. It is your right, and I respect your decision.